Tuesday, July 8, 2008
1) What was I doing 10 years ago?I had just finished HS and was getting ready to go to UNM. In the meantime, I was working at the Buckle in the mall trying to convince people to buy $80 jeans when I knew the identical pair was at Target for $20. I should have worked at Target.
2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? Pack for my Albuquerque trip, sign new house paperwork, clean up the apartment a bit, eat dinner, knit socks
3) Snacks I enjoy: Oreos, Starbucks, ice cream
4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Invest the hell out of it
5) Places I have lived: Albuquerque, Arlington, VA, and soon Alexandria, VA
Friday, July 4, 2008
Until then, happy knitting and blogging!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
TAG ABC's of you. Each player then tags 3 people and posts their names, then go to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
A- Attached or single: Attached!
B- Best Friend: My Hubby!!
C-Cake or Pie: Yes
D-Day: Tuesday (knit night)
E- Essential Item: Yarn
F- Favorite Color: Blues and greens
G-Gummi Bears or Worms: Bears
H-Home town: Albuquerque, NM
I- Indulgences: Chocolate
J- January or July?: January
K-Kids: None yet, but potential grandmas are waiting!
L-Life is incomplete without: Coffee
M- Marriage Date: August 19, 2006
N- Number of Siblings: 3-two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law
O- Oranges or Apples: Apples
P- Phobias or Fears: Divorce
Q- Quote: "If you can't be a good example, then you'll have to be a horrible warning."
R- Reason To Smile: God
S- Season: Fall
T- Tag Three: Nichole, Nancy, and Paula
U- Unknown fact about me: I proofread the newspaper
V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals: God didn't put me at the top of the food chain to eat vegetables...
W- Worst Habit: procrastinating
Y-Your favorite food: Comfort food
Z: Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Then, last night, I made a wee sock out of some leftover yarn and immediately cast on for another pair. Think I'm addicted to socks??
These are self-striping to look like Fair Isle, so I decided that with a busy enough yarn pattern, I'll just do stockinette stitch. Yes, I still have a baby blanket to work on, but it's so boring that I just can't bring myself to do it. Luckily I don't have a deadline.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The baby blanket is half done, and looks nice too. I'm just tired of knitting it. If I'd just work on it instead of putting it off, it wouldn't be that bad. I'm just bored with it.
Tonight is knitting night again. I love Tuesdays for that reason. Those gals are so wonderful, and have really become friends to me. I'll be sad to leave them behind.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
1. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (Mother and Father's middle name): Ferne John
2. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad): Chester Philip
3. STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name): Reyme
4. DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal!): Blue Bear
5. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born): Jean Albuquerque
6. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning): The Green Coca Cola
7. FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 3 letters of your last name): Melds
8. GANGSTA NAME: ( fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie): Vanilla Sugar
9. ROCK STAR NAME: (current pets name, current street name): Bailey Navarra
10. STRIPPER NAME: (name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav candy): Midnight Chocolate Fantasy
11. PORN NAME: (1st pets name, street you grew up on): Chester Oro Real
Monday, April 14, 2008
The "Waiting for Summer Scarf" I was making has decided it wants to be a chemo cap instead. I frogged it Saturday night, and am just finishing the decrease rows before it's done too. I also finished the Stash Bustin' Hat, and the Helmetliner for Stitch for Senate.
I really need to finish the baby blanket for Katie, but it's boring me, so I keep putting it off. Maybe that's why I keep starting small projects. The baby blanket seems so daunting, that it makes me feel good to finish a project in one weekend. The baby is due this week, and the blanket is only half-finished. I'm trying to knit up some of the yarn I have in my stash before I move so I'm taking finished objects home instead of balls of yarn. It's working out, but there's so much knitting to do, it almost feels like a job! Luckily it's a fun job.
I have the second half of the hedgehog class this week. I'm really excited to finish that one. I think he will be so cute, and a nice addition to my classroom next year. I'm going to knit one for Michelle Clapsaddle too. They'd make great gifts:
*An LSU purple and yellow one for Kelli
*A gray and blue Air Force one for everyone I know in the AF
*A pink one for mom to keep in the tea room
*One for dad to keep in the Jeep
*A blue and orange one for Eva
So many hedgehogs, so little time!!
Friday, April 4, 2008
From the Stitch for Senate website:
"Stitch for Senate is an initiative of knit hobbyists making helmet liners for every United States Senator. Building on the tradition of wartime knitting, a practice as old as the American Revolution, Stitch for Senate revives this cultural trend by engaging with political officials about the war in Iraq. The Stitch for Senate website will compile testimonies from contributing knitters, that express everything from charity, allegiance, patriotism, resistance, and radicalism; using the tradition of political organizing within knitting circles as a space for storytelling, discussion, exchange and protest. Hobbyists knit in solidarity to persuade elected officials to support the troops by bringing them home. All the senators will receive their own helmet liner before the 2008 Senate race, after being displayed in the seating chart of the US Senate at a Washington DC venue. Once they are received, senators can opt to send helmets to a soldier."
What you do is, knit a helmet liner and send it to a senator via the address on the Stitch for Senate website. This is a form of peaceful protest that encourages senators to vote differently on war issues. The senator can either keep the helmet liner as a reminder, or send it off to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan. Being a military wife who's been separated from her husband for almost 2 years total and who has friends overseas now, I feel I need to do this project. I'm not a raging-sign-holder-chanting-protester, but I feel like doing this project for the cause is more productive than holding a sign on a street corner anyway, since a soldier will receive the end product.
I would encourage anyone to sign up for this project and knit for a senator!
Go get 'em and bring our troops home!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
This first sock is my first sock ever, knitted for the Wee Tiny Sock Swap 2008. It's somewhat misshapen, but it's okay. It still resembles a sock. After I turned the heel and picked up the stitches on the side, it somehow twisted itself a bit, and I can't figure out why. Maybe I need help and more practice with Magic Loo. I just hope the pal I sent it to doesn't think I'm a dork for not knowing how to knit a sock, but signing up for a sock swap. Gotta start somewhere though, don't I? I'm happy with the way it turned out.
This is my first pair of real socks to be worn. I figured out how to do Magic Loop using the book, and it was pretty easy. I love this yarn (Fortissima Sock with Bamboo), and think it will make the socks nice and smooshy. I'm doing the Winter Sock pattern from the Magic Loop book for this pair.
I didn't make this next sock. It's the one I received from my Wee Tiny Sock Pal. Isn't it just adorable?? I love it! I'm either going to attach it to my classroom key lanyard so my students can see it too, or attach it to my knitting bag zipper. The other pics are the yarn information (so you can make your own pirate socks), and a picture of all the goodies that came with my sock. This was such a fun project, and I will definitely participate again.
I found a pattern for Booby Socks that you knit to honor breast cancer victims. Proceeds from the sale of the kits goes to support breast cancer research. They're only making a limited number of kits and yarn, so get yours quick!
How can anyone not love knitting socks??
Monday, March 31, 2008
I spent most of my time getting my bearings over there. Last weekend, Tim and I were driving around trying to find a housing development, and I had to laugh because we were literally going around in circles from offramp to onramp to offramp again. It was funny, but had I been the one driving, I never would have gotten us home. I will definitely have to buy a GPS before I get out there, just so I can find my way back to the house!
There is a very large shopping center right across the street from our apartment building, so I spent last Monday "getting my bearings" over there. Had way too much fun and probably spent too much money, but I did get some nice things.
Here is the recipe for a salad I had at Nordstrom:
Apple, Chicken, and Goat Cheese Salad
green apple sliced thinly
red onion sliced thinly
grilled chicken strips
crispy apple chips (not the mushy, dehydrated apples)
Nordstrom's Champagne Vinaigrette
It was so good, I ate it twice last week! Yum! Had to buy a bottle of their dressing so I can make it here for mom.
Spent a day at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum too. The permanent exhibit required a pass to get into, which of course I didn't have, so I plan on heading back there, but the rest of the museum was very intriguing. They had an exhibit on Darfur, which hit home for me more than the Jewish Holocaust because it's happening right now.
I also managed to find a yarn shop. Julie from the knitting group gave me directions, so I spent 45 minutes on the metro to find this tiny little shop in Bethesda called Knit + Stitch = Bliss. And Blissful it was! I found some lovely pink Rowan Organic Cotton that I'm using to make a summery scarf out of, and I could have bought out the entire stock of cashmere, but that doesn't exactly fit into our budget, so I had to control myself.
On the subject of knitting, I figured out how to knit socks using the Magic Loop! I can't believe I was afraid of knitting socks before now. I haven't gotten to the part where I start turning the heel yet, so then it may be a different story, but for now, knitting the cuff is going really well. I'm off to the yarn store after work today to buy more sock yarn and another needle so I can knit my wee tiny sock for my sock pal tonight.
I get to go a knittin' again tonight. I wasn't there last week, so I've missed out for the last two weeks at Flying Star, and am eager to get back. I sure am going to miss those gals once I'm in VA.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
1) Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog after I started knitting so I could show others my finished and in-progress projects, and journal about my life a little bit.
2) How did you come up with your blog name?
I wanted a blog name about knitting, but every name I tried had already been taken unless I put a bunch of numbers after it. My husband had been in Turkey the first year we were married and it carried significance for us, so I tried "knitter" in Turkish, and viola! There you have "trikotajci." I think it's unique. Hardly anyone in America speaks Turkish.
3) Do your friends and family know about your blog? What do they think of it?
Some of my knitting friends know about my blog, but I don't think my family does. I haven't told them about it, so unless they google "trikotajci..." but who would just randomly google that? I don't know what my friends think about my blog, but frankly, it doesn't matter what they think. I'm going to write it like this anyway, and hopefully they like it!
4) How do you write posts?
How do I write posts? How does everyone else write posts? I don't really understand this question, but I write a lot at work when ideas come up.
5) Have you ever had a troll or had to delete unkind comments?
No, so far I haven't been spammed or had nasty comments. People who put nasty comments on blogs are just mean people.
6)Do you check your stats? Do you care how many people read your blog? If you do care, how do you increase traffic?
I don't check my stats. If people read my blog, great, but if not, oh well.
7)What kind of blogs/posts interest you?
I like to read my friends' blogs. I like witty, fun writing, and writing that looks effortless but is enjoyable to read.
8) What do you like and dislike about blogging?
I like blogging because it's generally quick. I enjoy reading other blogs and getting ideas for them. I don't think there's anything I don't like about blogging right now, except sometimes I forget to write, and then by the time I think to do it, the feelings I had are gone and the entry sounds vague.
Being Irish through and through, I'm not surprised that she picked St. Patrick's Day as the day of her departing. I will never forget how much life she brought into a room. Even in death, her hospital room was a party.
On that note, I finished the prayer shawl I was making for her at 1:00 that morning before I went to bed. I had intended to take it to Alanna yesterday after work, but now her daughter Anni has it. She needs it more than anything right now. She loves it and I've heard from several people at church that they've seen her with it a lot.
When I was at the Hering's house yesterday, we sat around and listened to Jim tell a story about Alanna from when she worked as a clown: It was his first year of seminary, and he had class the evening of his birthday. During a lecture with a very hard and not very pleasant/forgiving professor, the door opened slightly and in popped a clown head. Jim knew it was Alanna as he watched her walk around the room with a huge bouquet of balloons and look each person very closely in the face until she "found" Jim, gave him the balloons, and left the room without saying a word. By the time he finished the story, we were all laughing hysterically with tears rolling from our eyes. This is the Alanna we all knew, one who could make us laugh.
There is an informal memorial service for her tomorrow evening at church, but I won't be here for her actual service on Saturday. I would have liked to have been there, but on the other hand, I feel like seeing Alanna before she passed gave me enough closure. She was so sick.
Now, Heaven is lucky to have her. I'll bet she's up there somewhere joking around and making everyone laugh like she did for us.
Friday, March 14, 2008
She looked so frail and thin, I hardly recognized her. It certainly wasn't the same Alanna who was literally dancing around church a few months ago. All I could do was hold her hand.
Like I said, I think Alanna is coming to terms with her death, and is just waiting to see everyone before she goes home with the Lord, but my heart goes out to that family. Anni darted over and bear hugged me when she saw me, and the first words out of her mouth were, "You have to come over so we can knit together!" I certainly will do that. She needs comfort and love right now more than anything.
The prayer shawl will most likely not get done in time for Alanna to have it, but now, she's not the one who needs it, so Anni will be its new recipient.
Sean is the other one I'm worried about. He's already a quiet kid, but my fear is that now he'll pull even further away and become an angry child. I can only hope that he will continue to latch on to that youth group and use them as his support.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Camp Counselor (the BEST)
2. server at the Black-eyed Pea
3. substitue teacher
4. English teacher
Four movies I've watched more than once:
1. Breakfast at Tiffany's
2. First Knight
3. Dances with Wolves
4. Finding Nemo (just keep swimming...)
Four places I have lived:
1. Oro Real Drive, Albuquerque
2. Navarra Way, Albuquerque
3. Indian School apartment, Albuquerque
4. Terra Bonita Way, Albuquerque
5. I'm putting a 5 here because all of my stuff is in VA, where I will live next.
Four T.V. shows that I watch:
1. CSI Miami
4. Still Standing
Four places that I have been:
Four People who e-mail me:
Four of my favorite foods:
1. Macaroni and Cheese
2. Chicken Pot Pie
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. at home knitting
4. on vacation
Things I am looking forward to this year (2008):
1. Finally getting to live with Husband for longer than a month at a time
2. Moving to Virginia
3. Driving across the country
4. Getting pregnant (hopefully)
That's my list! I hope I have inspired someone else to blog about their four things.
After I read the update, I had to just sit at my computer and cry for a bit. While I'm sad for Alanna, I think she's actually come to terms with her imminent passing; my heart goes out to her family. Jim and those babies (13 and 15) are far too young to lose their wife and mother.
The prayer shawl is nearly done. I'm ready to start the third skein tonight. While I knit, I pray for Alanna's peace and comfort. I don't know what else to pray for because asking God to heal her sounds like "my will be done" instead of His. I don't know why God allows for people to get cancer, but that's not for me to know. My job is to trust that He knows what he is doing and has everything under control.
10:50 AM-The nurse manager on the floor indicated that Alanna is nearing the end.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Here's what's happened in the last couple of days, good and bad:
1) My dad is sick, and we don't know what's wrong with him.
2) The new tenants are moving in Saturday, and I still have to move stuff out of the house.
3) Alanna is getting sicker by the day, and her prayer shawl is only 2/3 done.
4) I don't really want to finish the prayer shawl because I'm afraid Alanna will die if I do.
5) It takes every ounce of my efforts to go to work everyday.
On the other hand...
6) I get to see my husband in 9 days.
7) I learned how to knit in the round on two circulars.
8) I have wonderful friends and family.
9) I have some of the cutest students in the world, even though I want to strangle some of them.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Dear church family,
I spent some time with Alanna yesterday afternoon and evening. It's really incredible how much her health has deteriorated since the party, even in just the two weeks since she was last at church. I asked Jim about using the CaringBridge website to keep us informed, and I think he'd really like to, but there's no wireless Internet where they are, so he'd have to leave to update the journal. (If you'd like to e-mail them a message, I'm happy to print it and take it over there on my way home or to work.)
Alanna is hard to understand at times (frustrating for her), and she's having some occasional confusion, hallucinations, and forgetfulness, which compound the communication problem. She has not lost her sense of humor and great patience. She had several other visitors yesterday, which perked her up.
Alanna has fluid building up in her abdomen. They should have results about the source of that today, but none of the possible explanations sound encouraging. She had a transfusion, some Benadryl, and she continues on IV antibiotics, in case her fever is due to infection. She can't stand up on her own, but does really well sitting up in a chair, in fact, I think she was more mentally sharp when she was sitting than laying down. She can't drink, but has been using swabs to get sips of tea with lemon and some broth. When you're in the hospital, if you're not really with it all the time, it's important to have an advocate who is paying attention. Right now, I think the greatest need is for visitors, especially people that can sit with her long enough to relieve Jim when he feels like he can leave to pick up the kids or have a meal (if that's you, call him on his cell to set up a good time). Sherry Redfield took Jim and the kids to dinner last night. I stayed until some other visitors from St. Paul came, and on my way out, Dana Sherill was coming in. Great!
please pray for alanna, as it seems her cancer is getting worse. i can only pray for god's will in this, because i don't know why it's happening, and i don't know how to fix it. all i know is that she is losing her strength very quickly. she has two children, one in high school and one in middle school, and they are far too young to lose their mother.
Friday, March 7, 2008
As my fingers work diligently to create a masterpiece, I am reminded of how it all began...
Back in the summer of 2007, I decided I needed to do something besides watch tv all the time.
Choosing carefully the craft I wanted to pursue, I browsed the shelves of the Hobby Lobby.
Deciding finally on a book and some yarn, I sat down to work.
Examining the intricate patterns, I felt I was never going to get it.
Following instructions, I figured out how to cast on a few stitches.
Goodness only knows if I was doing it right!
Help came right away when another avid knitter stopped by.
I'm inspired by all the projects I see other people make, especially all the lace.
Just need to learn how to read all these charts.
Knit one, purl two, slip last stitch over.
Learning how to knit, once difficult, now comes easily.
Making pretty patterns now instead of just flat scarves.
Needles clicking softly as they slide through the stitches.
Once I'm done with this one, I'll start something new.
Projects are slowly taking over the house-living room, bedroom, even the kitchen!
Quiet time is best when trying to knit beccause I'm trying to count.
Really, I should make a career out of this, don't you think?
Stitch 'n' Bitch has become a favored pasttime.
Talking about life, knitting, and drinking good coffee-what could be better?
Under all this yarn, I know I have a husband somewhere!
Voraciously I browsed patterns online, and chose one I liked.
Wedding Ring Shawls are my new favorite thing.
X-citedly I add the picture to my blog.
Yarn is expensive, so I've found out.
Zoom! I head back to Village Wools to add to my growing stash.
My mantra for today:
I will not knit at work...I will not knit at work...I will not knit at work...
even though I want to.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Lynn wants to learn how to knit too. I'm so excited! She separated from her husband about a year ago, and I feel like knitting will help her "come to terms with it" if that's possible. She loves to meditate, and when I knit in a quiet room (not at SnB, for example), it can be somewhat meditative for me too. This is especially true when I'm working on a prayer shawl or other item for a dear friend. Anyway, I'm really eager to get her started.
Speaking of shawls, I bought A Gathering of Lace last night, and I love it. I'm so inspired to knit my first lace project. I don't have the yarn for one yet, so I was online last night looking at prices (does anyone know dollars to pounds conversion?). In my search, I found Wedding Ring Shawl patterns that are absolutely gorgeous! That is truly my inspiration now. I am dying to knit one of these wonderful, spiderwebby things. I found a blog that I've included on this site that I'm sure will keep me going through this ambition. www.missalicefaye.com. Her patterns and projects are beautiful! Someday I will knit like that, but for now, I'll just ogle at other things people have done and live vicariously through them. And then I'll knit one of my own. Or two. I do have some fugly lace-type yarn, so maybe I'll do a practice shawl with that to see if I can do it. That would be three projects on the needles.
I get to go to the yarn store again today. If you'll remember, I bought 12 balls of lovely mohair, but after looking at various lacy shawl patterns, I realized it may not be enough, so I put the other 8 balls they had in the store on hold. Now I have 20 balls of the stuff, and not a project in mind. Clearly I am catching on to this yarn stash concept, and I like it. I think going to the yarn store will get me through my day today.
Tonight I pack to go home for the weekend. I'm really excited to get going and be there. I'm looking forward to spending Tim's birthday with him too since I missed last year. I just have to figure out which knitting project to take with me. Probably all three!
Thursday's Mantra: I will not give in...I will not give in...I will not give in...
Not really sure why I picked this one. It just popped into my head, so it must be what I need to do.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I have decided to do a daily Mantra. I oftentimes get on my soapbox about various issues, and need to find ways to not dwell on them.
Today's mantra focuses on the fact that while I think some people do stupid things, that does not make everyone stupid.
Not everyone is stupid...not everyone is stupid...not everyone is stupid.
I get to go visit Tim on Friday. He's turning 39 on Saturday, and I was determined not to miss a second birthday in a row. Therefore, this week is creeping by more slowly than they usually do. I can't wait to finally move out there and be with him for good. Separation does not a marriage make.
As far as knitting goes, I'm still working on the baby blanket for Katie, which is a whopping 8 inches long now. I'm also plugging away at the prayer shawl for Alanna. We just found out they found more tumors on some lymph nodes, which means the family may have to cancel its trip to Ireland over Spring Break if she has to have surgery. I'm hoping that the prayer shawl will be done by then so she can take it with her.
Monday, March 3, 2008
I think I'll let them covet my new yarn purchase too.
I'm very excited to move to DC, but I'm really going to miss everything here. I wish I could pack everyone who's here up and take them with me. I'm not even gone yet, and already I'm homesick. I've connected with a couple of knitting groups, and I can only hope they are as fantastic as the ladies I've come to know in the past year here.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
That Damn Dossier is finally done. I can't believe New Mexico charges its teachers to write a portfolio in order to defend their jobs. What? A Master's degree isn't enough for ya? Furthermore, if they're going to make us do this, they should at least have enough money in the budget to pay the people reviewing me. Oh, wait, they don't because they keep giving the superintendents raises, which brings them to $260,000 per year while the rest of us struggle to pay bills on our meager $30,000 salary. I'm just being bitchy about this whole thing, but honestly, what other profession makes you defend your expertise every three years? They just don't have enough to do in that state office. Maybe I should go work for them, except I'd have to turn incompetent.
Best of luck to me,
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I love Nichole's stories and how they make us laugh hysterically.
I love Nancy's smile and her need to make everything perfect even if it means ripping out the heel of a sock, while the rest of us just knit through our mistakes.
I love to watch Morgen work two different colored strands at once while I sit and struggle with my one strand.
I love being in the "air force" with Katie, and trying to convince Paula that she really does want to be a teacher after I've told her a story about how awful the kids were today.
I love saying "what the corn" with Debbie, and hearing Margaret call it "Missoura" instead of "Missouri."
We truly are a "close-knit" group, and I love it.
See you next week, ladies!
Monday, February 25, 2008
A picture of the blanket in all of its 7 inch blueness...
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Today I got back from visiting Husband in Washington, DC. We had a great long weekend and were able to look at some houses together too. I also go acquainted with the metro system in DC, which sounds intimidating until you realize there are only 5 rails, and the only thing you have to do is know how to read a map. It's nearly impossible to get lost on the rail system there. I'm sure I could use it to find a few yarns shops. Oh, and maybe a job too. And the apartment. But only after I've found some yarn shops.
I'm still working on Alanna's prayer shawl. I began a new skein of yarn today, and so far I'm happy with it. I also have ambitions of making two baby blankets before March 8. Katie's shower is on the 1st, and Amy McCollum's is on the 8th. I've yet to start either blanket, and I have my porfolio to finish for work too. They may end up getting a picture from the internet of the blanket in a card with the promise that the little tikes will have their blankets before they finish high school. It would just be nice if I could get them done in time. If only we didn't have to sleep, I could get so much more done.
Speaking of sleep, I suppose that would be a good thing. I just have to peel myself away from ravelry long enough...sleep...sleep...